Puranpoli

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Puranpoli is a popular sweet dish of Maharashtra made during Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and other festive occasions. It is a flat bread stuffed with a filling made of split chickpeas and jaggery.

Ingredients

200 grams chana dal (split chickpeas)
200 grams jaggery
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup wholewehat flour
½ cup ghee (1 tbsp for puran, 1 tbsp for the dough and the rest of the ghee for cooking the polis)
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp cardamom powder
Salt as per taste

Method

For the puran

  • Wash and soak 200 grams chana dal in water for around 2 to 3 hours.
  • Pressure cook the dal for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Open the pressure cooker after the steam escapes fully.
  • Strain the dal.
  • Heat a pan. Add 1 tbsp ghee. Add the cooked dal.
  • Further add the jaggery.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Cook the mixture while stirring continuously.
  • If there are any whole dal left, mash them  while stirring.
  • Add cardamom powder and keep stirring until you get a thick and dry mixture.  Keep this aside.

For the dough

  • In a mixing bowl or a plate, combine 2 cups of maida and 1 cup of wholewheat flour.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Add little water and knead to a smooth dough.
  • Cover the dough and keep it aside for half an hour.

How to proceed

  • To prepare the puran poli, divide the dough into medium sized balls.
  • Divide the stuffing mixture into medium sized balls.
  • Take a dough ball and stuff the puran inside it and bring all the edges of the dough ball together and seal it.
  • Dust some flour on the rolling board and roll the stuffed dough ball into a circle.
  • Heat a pan and cook the puran poli by drizzling some ghee.
  • Cook till golden brown spots appear on both sides of the puran poli.
  • Serve hot.

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